MDE Policy Bill Overview

How to Navigate the MDE Policy Bill 


The Minnesota Department of Education is proposing a 120-page education policy bill covering many topics. MREA has developed the summary below where you can review the topics contained in their legislative package. Many of the topics were included in last year’s MDE policy bill. MREA is reviewing the bill language, contained in SF 2822, with a critical eye toward any unfunded mandates and overly prescriptive language, dictating local processes and procedures. We appreciate our members reviewing the legislation and providing feedback to us on any points of concern or support.

Sen. Roger Chamberlain, introduced the bill “by request” which means it was a courtesy to the MDE. It’s unlikely the MDE policy bill will advance in the Senate. The bill has yet to be introduced in the House.

Line Number Summary 
2.3 General Education  Article 1
2.8 Crossed out a locally adopted expectation for learning in the arts
2.21 Added an area of arts called media arts
8.14 Took away the deadline of the first day of school to publish testing calendar.  Needs to be done by Oct. 1st
8.28 Blended and On-line learning are no longer in the definition of Digital Learning
9.3 Define On-line as primarily digital learning off campus
9.8 Defines Supplemental On-line learning provider
10.9 Digital Learning,blended learning, and on-line learning do not generate on-line learning funds in this case
16.16 Crisis on-line learning is defined
16.23 Defines a crisis online learning plan
16.31 Crisis on-line learning plan needs consultation from Ed Mn. And implementaton may include 1 day to prepare and one to transition back
17.7 Need to inform parents one day prior to implementing crisis plan
8.2-17.9 Changes to On-line learning statutes
17.14 Redefines ELL
17.28 Defines American Indian student
19.26 Placement in another district;  Responsibility
21.21 Placement of children without disabilities;  education and transportation
24.2 Education Excellence Article 2
27.5 National and International Education Comparisons-
27.6 If a district is selected for a national assessment the district will need to participate.
27.15 Inclusive and welcoming schools Article 3
28.26 Instruction must be provided in Ethnic studies
29.11 Increase the standards development committee to include tribal communities, youth, people of ethnic,racial and geographical diversity
as well as gender and sexual orientation religious and linguistic.
29.23 Embed Indigenous education standards into the states academic standards and graduation requirements
30.6 Embed Ethnic studies into standards
31.1 Ethnic Studies Curriculum
32.1 American Indian Mascots Prohibited
32.2 Districts cannot have,adopt, name, symbol or image depicting an American Indian tribe, custom or traditions  as mascot, nickname, logo or team name
32.27 Muti-tiered system of support
33.31 Dismissal is defined as less than 1 day not one day
34.14 Non-excusionary discipline disciplinary policies and practices: alternatives to pupil removal and dismissal
34.29 Pupil withdrawl agreement- parents can do this to avoid expulsion or exclusion for not more than 12 months
35.5 Districts cannot dismiss a preschooler or prekindergarten students, preK-3 need to use non-exclusionalry discipline
36.2 Alternative Education services must be provided for a pupil who is suspended more than 5 days
36.12 Districts need to give students an opportunity to complete all homework while suspended
38.14 Policies to be established for expulsion, exclusion, dismissals, and withdrawal agreements
39.21 Discipline complaint proceedures for any member of school community
42.18 American Indian Education Program Coordinators, paraprofessionals
46.8 Graducation Ceremonies, Tribal Regalia and objects of cultural significance
46.14 Retrictive procedures
50.19 Tobacco products prohibited in public schools
51.27 An American Indian student may carry a medicine pouch containing loose tobacco  for spiritual or culturals practices
52.1 Health and Wellness Article 4
53.28 Commissioner shall develop and adopt state-level standards for social, emotional and cognitive development
54.2 Teachers Article 5
55.7 Curriculum policy
65.8 Charter Schools Article 6
77.19 Nutrition and Libraries Article 7
77.22 Summer food service program and child and adult care food program
78.12 School Libraries and Media Centers
80.13 Early Childhood Article 8
91.16 Career and Technical Education, postsecondary enrollment options, and graduation Article 9
94.6 Administrative updates and technical corrections Article 10
117.22 Expiration of report mandates